Pear Puree is an extremely nutritious and delicious stage-one baby food made from yummy fruits! It is definitely a healthy one-ingredient recipe for your baby.
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This weaning baby food puree is quick and easy to make in a matter of minutes.
How to Make Pear Puree
Steam your way through your baby’s appetite by preparing these all-natural homemade baby food!
With the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals found in pears, it is not surprising that they carry many health benefits.
They are rich in fiber and prebiotics that help with digestion, regular bowel movements, and metabolism. They also promote heart health and support clear vision.
There are different variants, and they usually vary in color and flavor. For instance, the Forelle pears are yellow-green in color and have a subtly sweet flavor – a popular variant used when feeding children.
Before anything else, ensure that your hands, ingredients, and equipment have been properly washed.
- Rinse them and peel the skin using a knife or a peeler.
- Then, slice it into pieces.
- Pour half a cup of water into a pot and place a steaming basket in the pot.
- Evenly distribute the pear slices inside the steaming basket and let it cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until soft and tender.
- Transfer the steamed contents into a blender or food processor.
- Add some water or formula, or breast milk for a smoother consistency.
- Blend until smooth.
After steaming and blending, the puree is ready to serve! Serve it in a baby bowl and feed it to your baby moderately as you watch them smile for mealtime!
How to Select and Store Pears
- Part of making the best puree is to ensure that the raw pear is fresh and delicious.
- According to Food Hero, always opt for ones that feel firm.
- There should be no cuts or blemishes on the skin.
- Use ripe ones immediately but you can also store them in the fridge for up 5 days to slow down the ripening process.
- On the other hand, firm and unripe ones can be kept at room temperature.
- Sliced ones can oxidize quickly and adding lemon juice will only prevent oxidation for a short period of time.
- Slice them when you’re ready to use them to avoid contamination and bacteria buildup.
Pear Puree Variations
This puree is already healthy, but if you want to add more flavor, you can use breast milk or formula milk instead of water before blending.
You can also combine it with other fruits or vegetables, such as:
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potatoes
Additionally, try out these baby puree combinations that my kids loved when they were babies: Pear and Banana Puree, Carrot and Pear Puree, Apple and Pear Puree, and more!
- Knife: Use the knife to peel and slice the ingredient.
- Peeler: This can be used as an alternative to a knife when peeling.
- Steaming Basket: Steam the fruit to retain most of the nutrients.
- Pot: Boil water in a pot to steam the fruit.
- Blender: After steaming the pear, use the blender to puree.
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How to Serve Pear Puree
Pear puree is best served while you’re introducing stage one solid foods to the baby. The baby can have this puree at any time of the day as long as the quantities fed are in moderation.
Serve and consume the puree within two hours to prevent contamination and oxidation.
- At room temperature: Consume the puree within 2 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Pear Puree healthy?
The pear puree is healthy because it is natural and fresh! Even without added ingredients, it is already loaded with nutrients for the baby’s health and wellness.
It has components that help with digestion, heart health, eyesight, metabolism, and immunity. These sweet and juicy pears are also perfect for stage one weaning foods.
Should I peel the pear for puree?
Peeling the pear is optional. Including the peel can give the puree some chunk and additional color.
What pear is best for puree?
According to Parents, the best pear is Bartlett because its flavor and nutrients are suitable for babies.
Can you serve raw pears?
Serve sliced raw pears when the babies develop strong teeth to bite. Raw ones can usually be fed to babies aged 10 months and older. Serve this puree to babies aged 6-month-old babies and above.
Can you still make pear puree without a blender?
Of course! You can use a fork or a potato masher to puree the fruit. You can easily mash boiled or steamed pears.
Pear Baby Puree (Stage One)
- 1 pear (medium-sized), peeled and deseeded
- 1 cup water (for steaming)
- Prepare the pears. Rinse the pear and peel the skin using a knife or a peeler. Then, slice it into pieces
- Steam the sliced pears. Pour half a cup of water into a pot and place a steaming basket in the pot. Evenly distribute the pears inside the steaming basket and let it cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until soft and tender. Steaming is an excellent way to prepare baby food because it retains more nutrients compared to boiling.
- Blend the steamed pears. Transfer the steamed pears into a blender or food processor. Add some water used in steaming the pear or formula milk, or breast milk for a smoother consistency. Blend until smooth.